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Mnuchin’s ‘resistance’ to Trump’s Iran policy… and other commentary.

From the right: Kirsten Gillibrand’s Latest Flip-Flop Yet again, observes Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner, New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proven that the only consistent thing about her “is that she is consistent about nothing.” Her latest about-face: She didn’t really mean it when she jumped on board the left’s “Abolish ICE” bandwagon....
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Last US News - Opinion: Mnuchin’s ‘resistance’ to Trump’s Iran policy… and other commentary. NY Post 24 - US News

Yet again, observes Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner, New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has proven that the only consistent thing about her “is that she is consistent about nothing.” Her latest about-face: She didn’t really mean it when she jumped on board the left’s “Abolish ICE” bandwagon. She now says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency should simply be given “a new name and a new directive.” In other words, a makeover. Yet back in June, asked about Democratic calls to abolish ICE entirely, she replied: “Well, I agree with it,” suggesting we should “get rid of it, start over, reimagine it.” In July, she declared flatly, “I think we should get rid of ICE.” When, asks Adams, “will the media stop being so unfair” to poor Gillibrand?

Security desk: Mnuchin’s ‘Resistance’ to US Iran Policy

The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is “resisting” President Trump’s maximum-pressure strategy on Iran by neglecting to give him a document he requested several weeks ago. Mnuchin opposes Trump’s move to again ban Iran from SWIFT, the international system that clears trans-border financial transactions. So he’s been “slow-rolling the decision-making process to delay final consideration by the president” by failing to produce an options memo — “which prevents Trump from making a decision.” And while reimposing the ban may not work as a pressure tactic, it would “hamper Iran’s ability to finance the Assad regime in Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and their other regional proxies.” Mnuchin can make his arguments on the issue, says Rogin, but it’s the president’s decision.

Political scribe: The Vindication of Mitch McConnell

If the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings taught us anything, it’s that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “had a point when it came to Merrick Garland,” suggests The Week’s James Antle. It “annoys liberals no end” that Garland never got so much as a hearing. Yet even if he had, Republicans “almost certainly would not have voted to confirm him.” The Kavanaugh nomination just proves “that these hearings are a charade in which no one’s votes are actually in play.” Indeed, it’s “quite obvious” that “senators demanding documents from Kavanaugh’s past have all made up their minds” and are simply “vamping for the cameras.” Maybe Garland “deserved better” — but “this would have done nothing to change the outcome.” So let’s thank McConnell “for sparing us the stagecraft and just shooting down the nomination from the get-go.”

Foreign desk: Exposing China’s Concentration Camps

Something terrible is happening in Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region, though the details “are murky,” says Tanner Greer at Foreign Policy. The Communist Party has built a “vast system of surveillance and terror” to control its 12 million Uighur and Kazakh Muslim citizens. And “from the party’s perspective, the further away the global spotlight is from its activities the better.” Resurrecting Mao’s Cultural Revolution, a “network of political education camps” has been built to “hold and ‘re-educate’ Uighurs who are too attached to their mother culture.” Between 600,000 and 1.2 million Uighurs — one out of 12 — are being held in these camps. And the goal “is not, as China claims, purely to destroy terrorists but to destroy minority religion and identity altogether.”

Culture critic: Online Left Embraces Conspiracy Theories

The #Resistance increasingly is embracing the kind of out-there thinking once reserved for the average Infowars acolyte, suggests Katrina Gulliver at National Review. Case in point: last week’s social-media uproar when Brett Kavanaugh’s former clerk was seen making the OK sign, which was interpreted as a furtive “White Power” gesture. Never mind that this supposed symbolism actually is a hoax, invented last year by 4Chan, a “virtual frat house of anarchists and trolls,” and now thoroughly debunked. Yet we keep seeing such accusations over and over. New Yorker writer Talia Lavin was forced to resign after mistaking a legless vet’s unit tattoo for a Nazi Iron Cross. Once “it was the far right that obsessed over such symbols.” Now it’s the left that believes “shadowy forces really run the country and the observant can spot their signs.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s Iran sanctions prove the establishment wrong — again. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump’s Iran sanctions prove the establishment wrong — again.
When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal back in May, the foreign-policy establishment...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats have abandoned the presumption of innocence. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats have abandoned the presumption of innocence.
Christine Blasey Ford deserves a hearing, although at the moment she doesn’t seem to want one. What she doesn’t deserve...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s Brooklyn schools plan is all about ideology. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s Brooklyn schools plan is all about ideology.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza vowed to “accelerate student learning in all kinds of ways, shapes or forms” at the...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats will exploit Kavanaugh’s accuser all the way to Election Day. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats will exploit Kavanaugh’s accuser all the way to Election Day.
Are Senate Democrats really interested in learning the truth about the high-school sex-assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh?...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s Iran sanctions prove the establishment wrong — again. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump’s Iran sanctions prove the establishment wrong — again.
When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal back in May, the foreign-policy establishment...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats have abandoned the presumption of innocence. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats have abandoned the presumption of innocence.
Christine Blasey Ford deserves a hearing, although at the moment she doesn’t seem to want one. What she doesn’t deserve...
Last US News - Opinion: De Blasio’s Brooklyn schools plan is all about ideology. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio’s Brooklyn schools plan is all about ideology.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza vowed to “accelerate student learning in all kinds of ways, shapes or forms” at the...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats will exploit Kavanaugh’s accuser all the way to Election Day. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats will exploit Kavanaugh’s accuser all the way to Election Day.
Are Senate Democrats really interested in learning the truth about the high-school sex-assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh?...
Last US News - Opinion: A corrupt Cuomo crony gets the hard time he deserves. NY Post 24 - US News
A corrupt Cuomo crony gets the hard time he deserves.
Federal Judge Valerie Caproni clearly intended the six-year prison sentence she slapped on former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco...

Living

US Living News: Researchers got octopuses high for science. NY Post 24 - US News
Researchers got octopuses high for science.
Scientists have finally answered a question that has confounded mankind for ages: What happens if you get an octopus high...
US Living News: Ex-beauty queen under fire for claims big game hunting helps conservation. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-beauty queen under fire for claims big game hunting helps conservation.
A big game hunter and former beauty queen is facing backlash after she claimed in a television interview that hunting helps...
US Living News: Domino’s driver working multiple jobs gets $900 tip from church. NY Post 24 - US News
Domino’s driver working multiple jobs gets $900 tip from church.
A church group in Birmingham, Ala., pooled together a whopping $900 for their Domino’s delivery man, all because they thought...
US Living News: Cat ‘serial killer’ mystery has a surprise ending. NY Post 24 - US News
Cat ‘serial killer’ mystery has a surprise ending.
Curiosity didn’t kill these cats — but neither did a serial kitty killer. The deaths and decapitations of over 400 cats...
US Living News: This fossil could be one of the earliest known creatures. NY Post 24 - US News
This fossil could be one of the earliest known creatures.
Scientists say they’ve confirmed that puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal....
US Living News: Airport sorry for telling girl her diabetes medication could ‘make the plane crash’. NY Post 24 - US News
Airport sorry for telling girl her diabetes medication could ‘make the plane crash’.
Manchester Airport in England has apologized to a family after a security staff member allegedly told a 13-year-old girl...
US Living News: Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina.
A British woman has been questioned by police in Spain after doctors found a dead tortoise inside her vagina, according to...
US Living News: Tourists could be fined for sitting on the ground in Venice. NY Post 24 - US News
Tourists could be fined for sitting on the ground in Venice.
Venice is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and one of the most overcrowded by tourists. New proposals...

Business

Last US Business News: Investor swears bitcoin will ‘grind back’. NY Post 24 - US News
Investor swears bitcoin will ‘grind back’.
Mike Novogratz swears bitcoin is the real deal — despite the cryptocurrency losing nearly 70 percent of its value since...
Last US Business News: Wells Fargo to shed 10 percent of its workers by 2021. NY Post 24 - US News
Wells Fargo to shed 10 percent of its workers by 2021.
Wells Fargo said Thursday it will shed as much as 10 percent of its workforce by 2021 as the bank struggles with continued...
Last US Business News: Tesla’s Model 3 wins perfect 5-star rating from US safety watchdog. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla’s Model 3 wins perfect 5-star rating from US safety watchdog.
Tesla’s Model 3 sedan has been awarded a five-star rating by the US auto safety agency NHTSA in tests that are standard...
Last US Business News: Jobless claims post surprise drop, hit lowest levels since 1969. NY Post 24 - US News
Jobless claims post surprise drop, hit lowest levels since 1969.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting near a 49-year low in a sign...
Last US Business News: Stocks hit record highs on relief over China tariffs. NY Post 24 - US News
Stocks hit record highs on relief over China tariffs.
The Dow Industrial Average on Thursday became the last of the benchmark indexes to regain record territory, boosted by gains...
Last US Business News: Larry Fink blitzed by war protesters at conference. NY Post 24 - US News
Larry Fink blitzed by war protesters at conference.
BlackRock’s Larry Fink got blitzed by war protesters at a conference in New York Thursday. Moments after the head of the...
Last US Business News: Under Armour to cut 400 jobs. NY Post 24 - US News
Under Armour to cut 400 jobs.
Sportswear maker Under Armour will cut about 400 jobs, or 3 percent of its global workforce, as part of efforts to cut costs...
Last US Business News: Shocking report accuses Ticketmaster of colluding with scalpers. NY Post 24 - US News
Shocking report accuses Ticketmaster of colluding with scalpers.
Ticketmaster is essentially accused of colluding with scalpers — and collecting double fees in the process — in a bruising...

Metro

Metro News: WFP leader says ‘we don’t need Cuomo’ after campaign mailer. NY Post 24 - US News
WFP leader says ‘we don’t need Cuomo’ after campaign mailer.
A leader of the Working Families Party said Thursday she would “never” vote to give the party’s line to Gov. Cuomo...
Metro News: Judge OKs DNA evidence in Queens jogger murder trial. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge OKs DNA evidence in Queens jogger murder trial.
Forensic evidence linking a Brooklyn man to the murder and sex assault of a Queens jogger can be presented at trial, a Queens...
Metro News: Neighbors broke agreement, continued construction on Jewish holidays: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
Neighbors broke agreement, continued construction on Jewish holidays: suit.
An Upper East Side man is suing his neighbors for not stopping construction during the Jewish holidays, according to a Manhattan....
Metro News: Cuomo’s foes bash him over Albany corruption. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo’s foes bash him over Albany corruption.
Gov. Cuomo’s opponents feasted on word that his former right-hand man Joseph Percoco was sentenced to six years in prison...
Metro News: Brooklyn performing-arts school drops auditions in diversity push. NY Post 24 - US News
Brooklyn performing-arts school drops auditions in diversity push.
Never played an instrument? You’re in the band! Brooklyn’s District 15 isn’t just barring middle schools from selecting...
Metro News: Lawyer for Kathie Durst’s sisters denied NYPD case information. NY Post 24 - US News
Lawyer for Kathie Durst’s sisters denied NYPD case information.
A lawyer for Kathie Durst’s sisters isn’t entitled to investigative information into their sibling’s 36-year-old suspected...
Metro News: ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive pleads not guilty to health-care fraud. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Most Wanted’ fugitive pleads not guilty to health-care fraud.
He’s one of America’s Most Wanted — at least according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, if not the...
Metro News: Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection. NY Post 24 - US News
Fake doctor sentenced for lethal butt injection.
A fake doctor who oversaw a black-market butt injection that cost a Harlem mother her life was sentenced Thursday to four...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Jets blow big lead to hand Browns first victory since 2016. NY Post 24 - US News
Jets blow big lead to hand Browns first victory since 2016.
CLEVELAND — The Jets got burned by the Baker. Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield came off the bench to hand the Jets...
Last US Sport News: Mets nip Nationals in 12, put dent in Scherzer’s Cy Young bid. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets nip Nationals in 12, put dent in Scherzer’s Cy Young bid.
WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer’s résumé for the NL Cy Young award will have plenty of shiny adornments, but 20 wins won’t...
Last US Sport News: Yankees can’t stop Red Sox from clinching in The Bronx. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees can’t stop Red Sox from clinching in The Bronx.
A grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t enough to keep the Red Sox from celebrating a third straight AL East title in...
Last US Sport News: Jacob deGrom will lead the Mets past the Nationals. NY Post 24 - US News
Jacob deGrom will lead the Mets past the Nationals.
Are you sitting? Good. I don’t want you to fall when you hear the news that Ronan Farrow may not by Woody Allen’s son....
Last US Sport News: Conor McGregor proves he still can talk trash in UFC return. NY Post 24 - US News
Conor McGregor proves he still can talk trash in UFC return.
Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC for two years, but there was no ring rust on his trash talk during a press conference...